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1951 American Championship Car season
Series  : AAA Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
Previous: 1950 Next: 1952

The 1951 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 15 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in San Mateo, California on November 11. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Tony Bettenhausen, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Lee Wallard.

Schedule and resultsEdit


Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved USAflagsmall Duke Nalon USAflagsmall Lee Wallard
2 June 10 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt USAflagsmall Jack McGrath USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
3 June 24 USAflagsmall Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Jack McGrath USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
4 July 4 USAflagsmall Darlington 250 Darlington Raceway Darlington, South Carolina Paved USAflagsmall Johnny McDowell USAflagsmall Walt Faulkner
NC July 29 USAflagsmall Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Troy Ruttman USAflagsmall Troy Ruttman
5 August 18 USAflagsmall Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Paul Russo USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
6 August 26 USAflagsmall Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt USAflagsmall Johnny McDowell USAflagsmall Walt Faulkner
7 September 1 USAflagsmall Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Johnnie Parsons USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
8 September 3 USAflagsmall Du Quoin 150Template:Ref DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
9 September 3 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill USAflagsmall Louis Unser USAflagsmall Al Rogers
10 September 8 USAflagsmall Syracuse 100Template:Ref New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
11 September 9 USAflagsmall Detroit 100 Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt USAflagsmall Johnny McDowell USAflagsmall Paul Russo
12 September 23 USAflagsmall Denver 100 Centennial Park Littleton, Colorado Dirt USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
13 October 21 USAflagsmall San Jose 100 San Jose Speedway San Jose, California Dirt USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
14 November 4 USAflagsmall Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt USAflagsmall Henry Banks USAflagsmall Johnnie Parsons
15 November 11 USAflagsmall Bay Meadows 150 Bay Meadows Race Track San Mateo, California Dirt USAflagsmall Jack McGrath USAflagsmall Johnnie Parsons

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  • Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship title.
Template:Note Race stopped after 101 laps due to rain.
Template:Note Race stopped after 67 laps due to wreck.

Leading National Championship standingsEdit

 #  Driver Team Points
1 Tony Bettenhausen Belanger 2556
2 Henry Banks Hopkins Blue Crown 1856.6
3 Walt Faulkner Agajanian/Grant, Pat Clancy 1513.6
4 Jack McGrath Hinkle 1460.4
5 Mike Nazaruk Jim Robbins, Deck Manufacturing 1143

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2011-04-15. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/1140-1951/. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 


from the original on 2011-04-15. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1951.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 


from the original on 2011-04-15. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1951sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 


See alsoEdit

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